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Instant Messaging

Post by PeteC » Tue Dec 12, 2017 4:23 am

LINE details below. We really like it and our service of choice, as well as my kids in the US. I don't use Messenger that much as part of my small protest concerning FB. :D Messenger also pushes update downloads at you about every week. I think needless and simply a way for them to calculate quantity of users...IMO. Their description on each update..." making Messenger better for you..." BS. Pete :cheers:

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EDIT: I haven't downloaded a Messenger update for a full year, and it still works without any problems. So, what is the purpose of the weekly updates? :?
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Re: Instant Messaging

Post by buksida » Tue Dec 12, 2017 7:53 am

The problem I see with IM apps is that there is no standard, each person and even country has its own preference - in Thailand it is Line and in the UK everyone is Apple mad.

The two will not talk to each other which means that there is no cross compatibility and you have to use a bunch of different ones to talk to various people. At the moment I'm forced to use all of these for social and work messaging:

SMS
Skype
Facebook Messenger
Line
WhatsApp
Telegram
Slack

Then there is Viber and Tango if you want those, and Facetime for those that are locked in to what Apple tells them to use.

A pain in the arse to say the least. Bring back the days when we could send a raven!
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Re: Instant Messaging

Post by STEVE G » Tue Dec 12, 2017 1:02 pm

I've never tried any of them, I just use Skype and call people on their phones anywhere in the world. Obviously you have to put credit on for that but it's so cheap, it's not worth worrying about.

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Re: Instant Messaging

Post by 404cameljockey » Tue Dec 12, 2017 9:26 pm

buksida wrote:
Tue Dec 12, 2017 7:53 am
The problem I see with IM apps is that there is no standard, each person and even country has its own preference - in Thailand it is Line and in the UK everyone is Apple mad.

The two will not talk to each other which means that there is no cross compatibility and you have to use a bunch of different ones to talk to various people. At the moment I'm forced to use all of these for social and work messaging:

SMS
Skype
Facebook Messenger
Line
WhatsApp
Telegram
Slack

Then there is Viber and Tango if you want those, and Facetime for those that are locked in to what Apple tells them to use.

A pain in the arse to say the least. Bring back the days when we could send a raven!
You forgot WeChat, big in Singapore and also China. :)

PS - ravens? Hogwarts send owls....

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Re: Instant Messaging

Post by 404cameljockey » Tue Dec 12, 2017 9:27 pm

Oops, and Zalo!

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Re: Instant Messaging

Post by hhfarang » Wed Dec 13, 2017 12:57 am

Most of my family and friends use Line and I try to get the ones who don't currently to use it. We think it's the best for texts, video calls, and sending photos. Works with phone service and over wifi.
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Re: Instant Messaging

Post by hhinner » Wed Dec 13, 2017 9:29 am

I use both LINE and WhatsApp. Each has its good points. LINE can be used from your PC, which is useful if the phone is out of action for whatever reason. However backing up and restoring LINE is a real pain. With WhatsApp you can set automatic backups to sd card or cloud and recovery is really easy and helps make setting up a new phone less time consuming.

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Re: Instant Messaging

Post by PeteC » Thu Dec 14, 2017 3:40 pm

As an FYI, LINE yesterday implemented an "unsend" function allowing a sender to remove a sent message within 24 hours. It reflects on the receiver's screen as "deleted by sender" or similar wording. Pete :cheers:
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Re: Instant Messaging

Post by Pagey » Thu Dec 14, 2017 3:47 pm

PeteC wrote:
Thu Dec 14, 2017 3:40 pm
As an FYI, LINE yesterday implemented an "unsend" function allowing a sender to remove a sent message within 24 hours. It reflects on the receiver's screen as "deleted by sender" or similar wording. Pete :cheers:
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Re: Instant Messaging

Post by RCer » Thu Dec 14, 2017 5:45 pm

I use FB and Skype.

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Re: Instant Messaging

Post by Dr Smiley » Tue Dec 26, 2017 11:18 am

Hi I have multiple IM apps but use Whats App & it works on my pc too! In Singapore its the Govts choice too, for reporting problems on the MRT etc!

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